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Sorry to break it to you, but the design of your ears is flawed. Sound reflects off of your pinna, which acts like a funnel. This helps you determine where sound’s coming from, but causes distortion. Like tiny ear-trumpets from the future, earHD is like a lughole upgrade. These wearables focus sound to a central location. This isn’t about amplification – it’s more like ‘cleaning’, removing clutter and heightening the detail for anything from lectures to hi-res audio. That might sound like rot, but boffins at the University of Southampton have verified the claims, which – if you were already excited by the concept – will be music to your ears. from £199 /

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